Honda CB-1 — Review — Honda CB-1 400cc Import

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Honda CB-1

Advantages: fun and reliable 400cc bike

Tyre size limits

I’ve been riding for 14 years in that time owned everything from sports bikes and all rounders to but some of the bikes I have most have been the 400cc grey imports. So far I owned a CBR400, a ZXR400, a and the Honda CB-1 every one of have been reliable and fun to ride.

The CB-1 I currently own is an H reg and most of the 400cc bikes it is a import which means it was officially available in the UK when it was the CB-1 was only available in and Japan. Most of the grey 400cc bikes that come to the UK were imported Japan where the strict MOT meant most riders a bike then traded it in another one when the time to MOT it.

This left many with low mileage in perfect lying in warehouses unwanted. of them were 400cc new riders in Japan were to by licencing restrictions but there also some great such as the CBR250 Hornet 250 and

In the late eighties and early many UK companies cottoned on to and started to import container of bikes to the UK. The headlights needed to be for UK spec and the speedos are KMPH than MPH so the only thing for the bike to pass UK MOT was change the beam and some stickers or an on the speedo to show MPH.

The CB-1 is a great looking it’s a … bike looks like a mini with a chunky alloy minimal plastics and dropped The bike looks miles in my opinion than the officially CB500 that we got in the UK. As with Hondas especially the Japanese ones the finish on the CB-1 is my bike is over 20 years old and in excellent condition most can’t believe how old it is when look at the reg plate.

The CB-1 the same 4 cylinder 400cc as the CBR400 although it’s it still revs to 17 thousand plenty of low down and mid range Out on the road the CB-1 is a blast to through town the low seat and narrow bars make easy. Take it to a twisty A or B and it really comes into own it handles really well and bikes due to their low seat and compact size are great for your knee down.

The 6 speed gearbox is slick and the pulls well in any gear but it down a gear and it will off screaming it’s way willingly all the way to the 17 redline this bike is at best when you really the gears.

With a top speed of 110 motorways aren’t really a the bike will sit at legal speeds all day if required but at around 85 on the main tank before there’s going to be a few fuel on a long journey. In all honesty I was glad of the fuel stops as due to the riding position and low bars was usually a need to stretch and wrists after long on the CB-1.

The CB-1 is cheap to and reasonably cheap to run I can get around if i’m careful but this go down to around 30mpg if thrashing it. The bike only Ј35 per year for road tax compared to Ј53 for my Fazer and insurance for both on one policy is only Ј130 party fire and theft.

Many people are wary of the CB-1 or other grey bikes because they they might have finding spares if anything wrong. In reality this is a problem due to the amount of grey on the road these days aftermarket companies make for these bikes and as long as you the exact model of your even if your main does not stock the parts will be able to order from Honda. The Honda import models are usually are by their frame number as as their name the CB-1 is known as the NC27, The CBR400s NC23 and NC29 the VFR400s NC21 NC24 and NC30 so if you this number the dealer be able to get you the correct part.

are also a few grey bike forums online including one to the Honda CB-1 so if you have any they are a great place to get and often a good source of hand spares. Members on the are also great for advising if parts from a different will fit your bike or can be to fit your bike this is as it takes the trial and error out of used spares. Many parts will fit the CB-1 but won’t so double check on the before you buy.

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I would recommend fitting a set of bars or crash bungs might not look cool but can save you a fortune in the event of a low crash or if you drop the bike. most parts are readily for servicing the CB-1 replacement work parts such as panels,tanks and engine casings are a lot to find and usually expensive.

The downside I have found the CB-1 is there is a lack of choice available the sizes common so although you can get tyres no the options from most are limited. Some owners changed the swing arm to accommodate a tyre to give more which is something I might in future.

The CB-1 has been I have used it for courier and Sunday blasts and only had one with it unfortunately the problem it to break down several before the fault was found. The is very common on both and the CBR400 both of them eat rectifiers!

The reason the fault be traced is because when it to go it will work on and off which it breaks down as though the is … then starts and it runs perfectly for a few days without warning it would do the again. I left it with a after the 2nd time and they and tested everything but could not a problem. The third time the broke down I found the forum and got the answer in minutes and the new regulator rectifier was fitted the has been perfect ever

My CB-1 was bought due to me struggling to my Fazer after a leg injury due to the weight and higher seat on the I had difficulty if I had to hold the bike on my leg at junctions where the road made it impossible for me to hold it my other leg and I was worried I would the bike. The CB-1 was supposed to be after I got back on the Fazer in I keep finding excuses to it and although I like the Fazer which one to keep is proving a harder choice than I it would be.

Overall the CB-1 is a choice for anyone looking for an 400cc bike. The low seat and overall small size of the make it a perfect choice for new and any rider with shorter will appreciate getting feet flat on the floor.

At 58bhp the bike would be an first bike for riders who done the direct access that allows them to any bike but anyone with the licence would need to it restricted down to the 33bhp until their 2 year ends. The CB-1 doesn’t the power and top speeds of a 600 or bigger but take it to a twisty road and still great fun for more riders as well as novices.

Great fun and reliable 400cc

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